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Are there any bad sides to going DIY??

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08 Mar 08 #16184 by Fiona
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I can't see any point of online divorce when it's possible to buy a book explaining the basics and download all the forms free and I agree when there are no children or finances it is possible to DIY. However, over the years I've seen so many people get into a mess, sometimes over small detail, it's not something I would normally recommend. And before anyone says anything, yes, I know sometimes lawyers stuff up too but in my experience it isn't nearly so often or drastic.

I think consulting a lawyer early on to find out where you stand and what your options are is a good idea. Also negotiating through a third party can be useful if you can't come to an agreement and mediation or collaborative law doesn't help. A lawyer can draft a Consent Order which once approved by the court is turned into legally binding settlement. I agree with Mike at least consider the possibility of getting legal advice as to whether your agreement is a fair one.

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08 Mar 08 #16201 by momof3
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Fiona,Thank you for this advice, I am pretty sure I WILL use a solicitor for the initial advice and PROBABLY do it myself from thereon, referring to the solicitor if I need to.

At least I am more confident after getting your responses here on wikivorce, thanks to all...

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